Car’s a bit hard to steer but still a pretty good ride
ATemuka man’s daredevil driving ways might be over but he still believes a 1937 Ford V8 Coupe three seater is a great car to run around in.
Lyndsay Prentice says his car is 78 years old the same age as him and he bought it from ‘‘a couple of policemen in Ashburton’’.
‘‘I bought it from Barry Thompson and Brendon Bateman on February 22, 1974 for around 700 pounds.’’
The body of the car was then sandblasted and undercoated.
‘‘The car had no motor and I bought a motor from a friend in South Canterbury. The car had the running gear, the wheels chassis and steering, and a trailer load of parts and upholstery parts.’’
Prentice said a local painter, Max Irons from Washdyke, painted the car in September 1981 and it has not been repainted since.
‘‘I had the motor rebuilt in March 2013.’’
He has had the car for 41 years and he is quite happy with this state of affairs.
‘‘It goes up to 75kmh to 80kmh now and I believe it is the only 1937 Ford V8 Coupe around. I have driven it all around New Zealand from Invercargill to Auckland.’’
He finds the car a bit hard to steer but he still takes it out every month for a drive.
‘‘Everyone typically comments on it when I travel around for rallies and such.
‘‘Like the last time when I went for a rally in Tauranga there were these Asian tourists who asked me if they could get their pictures taken with it. I said ‘go for your life, do what you like as long as you don’t drive away with it’.’’
He is happy just driving around New Zealand and cannot think of a single place overseas he would rather drive the car in.
Prentice has always been a self- proclaimed V8 nut, who drove around in a 1936 Ford Coupe aged 18, with his brother.
‘‘I used to work in Mt Cook and I would drive around in the 36. I was never a fan of Austins and other cars. Needed something with a bit more speed and power.’’
He also has a Ford 48 V8 Coupe to his name and for now he is happy with the two cars in his possession.
‘‘ The 37 Ford Coupe will be passed on to my son who is also a car enthusiast but for now no more cars for me as I am getting too old.’’
Temuka’s Lyndsay Prentice with his 1937 Ford V8 Coupe which he has had for 41 years.
The front grille in the 1937 Ford V8 Coupe was V-shaped, rather than following the fenders into a pentagon shape, as on the 1936 model.